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October 10, 2007
ABA ROLI, in partnership with the Anti-Human Trafficking & Child Labour Unit (AHT&CL) of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) facilitated a highly participatory “Train the Trainers” workshop on September 26 and 27, 2007, for trainers within NIS training institutions. The two-day workshop, held in Minna, in the state of Niger, had a total of 26 immigration (service) officers trained.
The aim of the Train the Trainers Workshop was:
The participants were immigration officers drawn from the five training institutions and the training department headquarters of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS). These trainers will implement the anti-TIP training for the various cadres of immigration officers who attend the NIS training schools.
The conference was opened by the Deputy Comptroller-General of the NIS, Dr. B.A Brown. The immigration officers themselves were appointed to present to their peers portions of the anti-TIP manual. Workshop activities included simulation sessions, case study development and analysis and group exercises, which were based on the developed modules of the manual. Participants were also guided on curriculum planning, setting realistic and measurable goals, and time programming useful in helping them in training whatever cadre of students within their training schools.
Commendations trailed the close of the ceremony with participants calling for sustained efforts by partner organization USAID and further future collaborations with ABA ROLI. The proceedings were reported both locally and nationally by the Nigerian National Television.
USAID has recently given $730,000 of additional funding to the Nigeria anti-trafficking program. In preparation, staff have already earmarked funds for the following new and existing projects: